Diverticular disease

Diverticular disease generally refers to phenomenon involving acquired diverticula along the lower gastrointestinal tract. It covers a range of pathologies and may account for a variety of presentations. Diverticulosis is largely asymptomatic however 4% of individuals with diverticula develop diverticulitis throughout their lifetime 5.

  • diverticulosis: presence of non-inflamed diverticula
  • diverticulitis: inflamed diverticulum/diverticula
  • diverticular disease: overarching term for any entity involving diverticula

Outpouchings of bowel result in blind-ended diverticula in communication with the lumen of the bowel. They most commonly occur within the sigmoid colon, although may arise anywhere along the small/large bowel (although the rectum is very rare 4):

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rID: 6198
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Intestinal diverticular disease
  • Intestinal diverticulosis

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